Girlfriends in God - Aug. 21, 2009

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August 21, 2009

Secret Places

Lisa Whittle

We hope you are enjoying the Girlfriends in God daily devotions.  We (Mary, Sharon, and Gwen) would like to introduce you to some of our special friends.  From time-to-time, the Friday devotions will be written by one of our friends in ministry.  We call them our "Friday Friends."  So grab your Bible and a fresh cup of coffee and drink in the words from our "Friday Friend", Lisa Whittle.

Today's Truth  

Job 28:11 "He searches the sources of the rivers and brings hidden things to light." 

Friend To Friend      

Have you ever noticed how often Satan uses secret things to trip us up on our journey…those secret places that reside deep within our soul that we keep hidden from others and even try to hide from God? 

Think about it…  

…Pornography is usually done in secret. 

…Excessive shopping can be done over the Internet, with no one watching. 

…Eating disorders develop in isolation when we binge by ourselves, purge with no one around, or publicly pretend to eat, but privately starve ourselves. 

…Negative attitudes and thoughts begin in the sanctity of our mind, secretly taking root in our hearts.

The things we watch, what we think and how we spend our time are the "secret places" Satan can and will use against us. Yet, often we continue in our secrecy, afraid to reach for Truth.  Why? 

Secret places seem safe.  Secret places are familiar and can be kept hidden.  Secret places feel comfortable to us, so we cling to them.

It's not that we don't want to be honest and get real about the secret places in our soul. It's just easier to keep the truth hidden than it is to get real about things from the inside-out. Though most of us crave authenticity, our fears of being "found out" are what keep us living in secret, which is exactly where Satan wants us to stay. The crafty, conniving one knows that if he can get us to continue to bury our secret places deep within our heart, we can't be effective for God.  He knows that thoughts of our private sins will eventually eat away at us, causing us to feel fraudulent and unworthy of the love and acceptance of others, and most of all, our Heavenly Father.  However, the truth is, we are the ones who don't love and accept ourselves.  Not God.

Friends, the message of Jesus Christ is one of hope and restoration.  It is one of freedom, of unconditional love and acceptance, and it is one of Truth and spiritual exposure. What He wants from all of us is greater authenticity, greater genuineness, and the Truth, that can only be found in Him.

Let's Pray                  

Lord Jesus, thank You for knowing me completely, and loving me just the same.  Help me to seek Your Truth and deny my natural tendency to hide from You and from others.  Let me see the value in being real before You, and help me not to keep secrets from You anymore. 
In Jesus' Name, 
Amen.

Now It's Your Turn 

So, how do you combat those secret keeping habits you have developed over time? 

  1. Practice telling the truth.  Telling the truth is a choice and needs to be a conviction.  Healthy habits can and will be formed when practiced repeatedly, and truth telling is an important habit to cultivate.
  2. Develop a genuinely authentic faith.   Recognize the importance of authenticity, and begin making it of utmost priority.  Do things to strengthen your walk (prayer, Bible study, etc.) and to guard your mind.
  3. Recognize that no one has it all together.   See Satan's lie for what it is and determine not to get into the comparison trap with others.  You cannot know what a person is all about by what they look like on the outside. 
  4. Stop trying to be perfect, act confident, appear happy, and seem super spiritual.  These are some of the most common ways we, as women, pretend.  When we operate in a spirit of truth and openness, we will be able to live without pretense.
  5. Determine to live your life with a genuineness that others will cling to and want to emulate.   Honesty facilitates honesty.  When you begin to get real and honest, hiding nothing in your relationship with God and others, people will begin to take notice and follow suit.  This will strengthen all of your relationships and build up your self-esteem! 

More From The Girls     

When we no longer hide in our "secret places," we can venture down a different path of greater authenticity and truth, bringing us to a place of ultimate and lasting freedom.   Freedom provides no value in being a secret keeper any more.  Need help?  For more on this topic, check out Lisa's books: 

The 7 Hardest Things God Asks a Woman to Do by Kathie Reimer and Lisa Whittle (Shepherd Press, 2007)

Behind Those Eyes:  What's Really Going on Inside the Souls of Women by Lisa Whittle (Thomas Nelson, 2008)

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